Dominika Cibulková

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Dominika Cibulková
Dominika Cibulkova Mercury Insurance Tennis Open 2011 .jpg
Cibulková at the 2011 Mercury Insurance Open
Country  Slovakia
Residence Bratislava, Slovakia
Born (1989-05-06) 6 May 1989 (age 24)
Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Turned pro 2004
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $5,478,687
Singles
Career record 303–195
Career titles 4 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest ranking No. 10 (31 March 2014)
Current ranking No. 10 (31 March 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open F (2014)
French Open SF (2009)
Wimbledon QF (2011)
US Open QF (2010)
Doubles
Career record 41–64
Career titles 0
Highest ranking 59 (13 August 2012)
Current ranking 153 (24 February 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2012, 2013)
French Open 2R (2010)
Wimbledon 3R (2010)
US Open QF (2008)
Team competitions
Fed Cup SF (2013)
Hopman Cup W (2009)
Last updated on: February 28, 2014.

Dominika Cibulková (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈdomɪnɪka ˈtsɪbulkovaː]; born 6 May 1989)[1][2] is a professional Slovak tennis player. As of April 2014, she is ranked world no. 10. Known for her quick and aggressive style of play, she has won four career singles titles.

Cibulková has reached the quarterfinals or better of all four Grand Slam tournaments. The most notable achievement of her career to date was a finals appearance at the 2014 Australian Open. Cibulková became the first female Slovakian to reach the championship round of a Grand Slam.[3]

Personal[edit]

Dominika Cibulková was introduced to tennis at the age of eight in Piešťany. She was eleven when her family moved to Bratislava. She lists clay and hard as her favorite surfaces.[4]

Cibulková's signature expression, "Pome," translates to "Let's go" or "Come on" in English.[5][6] She began a clothing line featuring this statement in 2014.[6]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Early in her career, Cibulková competed predominantly on the ITF circuit, and managed to win two tournaments: the Amarante, Portugal event in 2005, and the Bratislava event in 2006.

2007[edit]

Cibulková started her year with a win over Tara Iyer in the first round of the CANARA Bank Open, but lost to no. 4 seed Jelena Kostanić Tošić in the second round.

At the 2007 French Open she qualified and made her Grand Slam main draw debut, reaching the third round. In the second round she upset the No. 32 seed Martina Müller after beating Tiantian Sun. She eventually lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova. She also reached the third round in Amelia Island, beating Anabel Medina Garrigues but losing to her countrywoman Daniela Hantuchová and the quarter-finals of the ECM Prague Open, beating Gisela Dulko before falling to Victoria Azarenka.

Cibulková's best finish of the year came in September, when she exited at the semi-final stage at the Guangzhou International Women's Open in China. She lost to eventual champion Virginie Razzano.[7]

2008[edit]

At the Australian Open, Cibulková lost in the first round to Flavia Pennetta of Italy. Playing for Slovakia in the first round of Fed Cup against the Czech Republic in Brno, Cibulková split her two singles matches as her country lost the tie 3–2.[8]

At the Qatar Total Open, Cibulková reached her first ever Tier I quarterfinal, defeating former world no. 1 Venus Williams in the third round, before losing to sixteenth-seeded Agnieszka Radwańska in the quarterfinals.

In April, Cibulková reached the final of a WTA event for the first time. At the Tier II clay court Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island, Florida, Cibulková lost in the final to the reigning Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova.

Cibulková at the 2008 US Open.

Cibulková was seeded 30th in singles at Wimbledon but lost in the first round to unseeded wildcard and eventual semifinalist Zheng Jie of China.

In the quarterfinals of the Tier I Rogers Cup in Montreal, Cibulková defeated second-seeded Jelena Janković and delayed her replacement of Ana Ivanovic as World no. 1. Cibulková then defeated tenth-seeded Bartoli in the semifinals, but lost to seventh-seeded Dinara Safina in the final.[8]

2009[edit]

At the 2009 Australian Open, Cibulková advanced to the fourth round after winning her first three set 6–0 before losing to Elena Dementieva. At the start of the clay season, she began at the 2009 MPS Group Championships and 2009 Family Circle Cup losing to Russians Elena Vesnina and Elena Dementieva respectively.[9]

At the French Open, Cibulková was seeded 20th. She defeated Alona Bondarenko in the first round and dominated Kirsten Flipkens in the second round. She then defeated Gisela Dulko to advance to the fourth round where she defeated Ágnes Szávay to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal. In the quarterfinals, she defeated Maria Sharapova in straight sets. She lost to Dinara Safina in her first Grand Slam semifinal.

At Wimbledon, Cibulková was seeded 14th. She beat Julie Coin, in three sets, in the first round. She then beat Urszula Radwańska in the second round but eventually lost once again to Elena Vesnina in the third. She then competed at the 2009 Swedish Open where she reached the Quarterfinals before losing to Gisela Dulko.

She withdrew from the 2009 Pilot Pen Tennis, the 2009 US Open, 2009 Toray Pan Pacific Open, 2009 China Open, and the 2009 Generali Ladies Linz due to a rib injury.[9]

2010[edit]

Cibulková started 2010 by reaching the quarterfinals of both the ASB Classic where she defeated Aravane Rezaï before losing to top seed Flavia Pennetta in the quarterfinals. At the Australian Open, where she was seeded 23rd, Cibulková was upset by Vania King in the first round.[10]

At the 2010 Monterrey Open, Cibulková was the 4th seed. She came from a set down to beat No. 5 seed Ágnes Szávay in the quarterfinals. She fell to fellow Slovak and no. 2 seed Daniela Hantuchová in three sets. At the 2010 BNP Paribas Open she was upset by Sara Errani in the second round after receiving a bye.

She then played at the 2010 UNICEF Open losing to Kirsten Flipkens in the quarterfinals. At Wimbledon, where she upset Lucie Šafářová and Ayumi Morita, she lost in the third round to world no. 1 Serena Williams.

At the 2010 US Open, Cibulková advanced to her second career Grand Slam quarterfinal after defeating Stefanie Vögele, 2009 quarter-finalist Kateryna Bondarenko, Lourdes Domínguez Lino, and 11th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova. She lost to the top seed Caroline Wozniacki in the quarterfinals.[10]

2011[edit]

Cibulkova at the 2011 US Open

Cibulková began the year by reaching the quarterfinals of the 2011 Brisbane International, where she lost to Petra Kvitová. She then entered the 2011 Medibank International Sydney, beating then-world no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets. She was defeated by Alisa Kleybanova in the third round. At Wimbledon, Cibulková repeated the upset from Sydney by beating Wozniacki in three sets, losing in the quarterfinals to Maria Sharapova. She won her first WTA title, the Kremlin Cup, edging Kaia Kanepi in three sets. Her win represents the first time a player has captured their maiden title at the Kremlin Cup.[11]

2012[edit]

Seeded 17th the Australian Open, Cibulková lost her second-round match to Greta Arn. At the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Cibulková came close to beating then-world no. 1 Victoria Azarenka, leading her by a set and 5–2 before Azarenka prevailed. Cibulková then reached the finals of the Barcelona Open, losing to Sara Errani. At the French Open, Cibulková avenged her Miami loss to Azarenka, beating the world no. 1 in straight sets in the fourth round. She subsequently reached the quarterfinals for the second time, but lost to Samantha Stosur.[12]

Her only Wimbledon warm up tournament was the 2012 UNICEF Open. She reached the quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Nadia Petrova. She lost in the first round at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships to Klara Zakopalova.

She defeated Marion Bartoli in straight sets to win the 2012 Mercury Insurance Open in Carlsbad, CA, picking up the second title of her career. She reached the third round of the 2012 US Open, losing to Roberta Vinci.[12]

2013[edit]

At the Sydney Apia International, Cibulková defeated top 10 players Petra Kvitová, Sara Errani, and Angelique Kerber en route to the final, which she lost to Agnieszka Radwańska, notably failing to win a single game.[13] In the 2013 Australian Open she lost in the second round to Valeria Savinykh.

At the 2013 Bank of the West Classic she won her third career WTA title, defeating Stefanie Vögele, Urszula Radwańska, Sorana Cîrstea, and Agnieszka Radwańska.

2014: Breakthrough season[edit]

See also: 2014 Dominika Cibulková tennis season

Cibulková began her 2014 season at the Brisbane International, where she dropped a quarterfinal match to Serena Williams.[14] At the Australian Open, she won her first three matches in straight sets, setting up her first hard-court meeting with Maria Sharapova, whom she defeated in three sets. She then defeated Simona Halep in the quarterfinal to reach her first Grand Slam semifinal since the 2009 French Open.[15] Following her semifinal upset over Agnieszka Radwańska, Cibulková was featured on the January 24 cover of The Washington Post.[16] She faced Li Na in her first Major final, losing the first set in a tie-break and the second set without winning a game.[14]

In February, Cibulková played for Slovakia in a Fed Cup match against Germany. She lost both her matches, against Andrea Petkovic and Angelique Kerber. Slovakia was eliminated from the competition.[17] She reached the quarterfinal round of the BNP Paribas Open, losing to Li Na.

At the Sony Open in Miami, she defeated Agnieszka Radwańska in a three-set quarterfinal. With this victory, Cibulková entered the WTA top 10 for the first time in her career. She exited the tournament in the semifinals, losing to Li Na in three sets.[14]

Playing style[edit]

Cibulková swinging a forehand.

In 2014, Steve Tignor of Tennis.com labeled Cibulková "a threat to everyone".[18]

Self-described as a player with "a lot of energy",[4] Cibulková employs an aggressive style that is largely founded on speed and power.[19] She is recognized for her exceptional racquet-head speed,[18] which enables her to produce deep groundstrokes with her forehand and powerful shots with her backhand. She is also known for approaching the net and finishing points with swing volleys.[18][20] Her aggressive shots have been noted for their ability to force errors or produce winners during extended rallies.[21]

On defense, she often attacks second serves with quick forehands, and hits prompt returns while taking the ball on the rise. Occasionally, she will break a prolonged rally by mixing in a drop shot. Her lower body strength creates quickness around the court, enabling her to reach and return shots.[18][19]

Career statistics[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 2014 Australian Open Hard China Li Na 6–7(3–7), 0–6

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F S G NMS NH

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A Q1 1R 4R 1R 3R 2R 2R F 0 / 7 13–7
French Open A A 3R 3R SF 3R 1R QF 2R 0 / 7 16–7
Wimbledon A A Q1 1R 3R 3R QF 1R 3R 0 / 6 10–6
US Open A A 2R 3R A QF 2R 3R 1R 0 / 6 10–6
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 3–2 4–4 10–3 8–4 7–4 7–4 4–4 6–1 0 / 26 49–26

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dominika Cibulková: Mám pred sebou ešte dlhú cestu, SME Ženy [1]; in Slovak
  2. ^ [2]; Bez dresu s Dominikou Cibulkovou Videointerview in Slovak
  3. ^ Inspired Cibulkova stuns Radwanska, WTA official website, 23 January 2014
  4. ^ a b "Dominika Cibulková". wtatennis.com. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Henley, Blair (24 March 2014). "Lightning Round: Interview with Dominika Cibulkova". tennisnow.com. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Bartoli helps Cibulkova Launch 'Domi' Collection". the-slice.com. 3 February 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "2007 Results". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "2008 Results". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "2009 Results". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "2010 Results". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "2011 Results". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "2012 Results". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "2013 Results". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  14. ^ a b c "2014 Results". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Dominika Cibulkova and Li Na set up Australian Open final to relish". Guardian. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Washington Post cover". newseum.org. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "Germany Beats Slovakia 3-1 in Fed Cup". Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  18. ^ a b c d Tignor, Steve (23 January 2014). "Little Goes a Long Way". tennis.com. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  19. ^ a b diFeliciantonio, Justin (24 March 2011). "Gear Talk: Q&A with Dominika Cibulkova". tennis.com. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  20. ^ John, Andrew (23 July 2012). "Dominika Cibulkova wins La Costa tennis title". latimes.com. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  21. ^ Tyagi, Ajay (23 July 2012). "LIVE Victoria Azarenka vs Dominika Cibulkova French Open 2012 R16". tennisearth.com. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 

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